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Robot Vacuum for Allergy Sufferers

Top 5 Robot Vacuums for Allergies: Review & Comparison

Your nose is running, and your eyes are watering - you suffer from (house-dust) allergies. The good news is: special robot vacuums can be a great relief! We reviewed the best models for allergy sufferers, and now we present our top selection.

The most important thing to reduce allergic reactions is to keep your home clean. But it would be very exhausting to vacuum the floors every single day.

Special robotic vacuums for allergy sufferers can reduce the allergen load in your home significantly!

But which robot vacuum is the best choice for allergy sufferers? And what features should the model have?

Read on - we’ll dive into all these questions in our detailed review.

Review of robotic vacuum cleaner for allergies

Robot vacuums for allergy sufferers can significantly reduce the allergen load in your home. These features are must-haves:

  • High-efficiency filter (HEPA filter)
  • Mopping function
  • Timer / scheduling function
  • Self-emptying dust bin

The best robot vacuums for allergy sufferers - Our top recommendations:

  • Ecovacs
    Deebot OZMO T8+
    Ecovacs
    The vibrating water tank improves the mopping results significantly. It also thoroughly cleans hardwood floors and carpets and has an self-emptying dust bin (optional). The T8+ leaves nothing to be desired for allergy sufferers.
  • Ecovacs
    Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI
    Ecovacs
    Good mopping performance, self-emptying dust bin and excellent app functions. The Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI leaves nothing to be desired, especially for allergy sufferers.
  • Proscenic
    M7 Pro
    Proscenic
    HEPA filter. Good cleaning performance on different floor types. Neat mopping function and an self-emptying dock (optional). The M7 Pro is well suited for use in allergy households.
  • iRobot
    Roomba i7+
    iRobot
    Premium robot vacuum from iRobot with a self-emptying station (cleaning Base). HEPA filters, maintenance-free cleaning brushes and an excellent app with a scheduling function round off the overall package.
  • Cecotec
    Conga 5490
    Cecotec
    Good robot vacuum mop hybrid. Cyclone technology and HEPA filter ensure good air filtration.

    Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

    Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

    The vibrating water tank improves the mopping results significantly. It also thoroughly cleans hardwood floors and carpets and has an self-emptying dust bin (optional). The T8+ leaves nothing to be desired for allergy sufferers.

    The Deebot OZMO T8+ robot vacuum is our favourite for allergy sufferers. It’s got all the essential features (mopping function, HEPA filter, self-emptying dust bin and timer function).

    This is what makes the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

    The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ cleans hardwood floors and carpets (low-pile / high-pile) equally well. That’s a fundamental requirement of a robot vacuum for allergy sufferers.

    Overview of the cleaning result of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ on hard floors and carpets

    The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ also comes with many useful features that make household cleaning easier for allergy sufferers. 

    The mobile dust container has a practical handle. With this, you can safely remove and transport the dust container.

    Removing the mobile dust container

    A pre-filter (1) and a HEPA filter (2) are attached to the mobile dust container. This filter system removes allergens from the air you breathe.

    You can see the Pre-filter and HEPA filter of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 mobile dust container

    Another plus: Dirt can’t escape when transporting the dust container thanks to the dust retention flap. That minimises contact with aggressive house dust.

    Close-up of the dust retention flap of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8

    You can also buy a self-emptying bin for your Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8.

    Showing how the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 emptying station works.

    This feature is invaluable for allergy sufferers. 

    It automatically empties the mobile dust bin with each battery charge and stores the aggressive house dust (and thus the allergens) in a large dust bag in the emptying station.

    Dust bag including practical carrying handle in the emptying station of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8.

    Now you just have to change the emptying station’s dust bag every few months.

    That's what we call "allergy-friendly" maintenance ;)

    Another highlight for allergy sufferers is the vibrating mopping function.

    Deebot OZMO T8 mops the floor

    The "scrubbing movements" clean the floors more effectively. With this, it removes the last traces of dirt and dust and makes your flat even cleaner...

    ...this minimises allergen exposure and contributes to greater well-being.

    The excellent Ecovacs Home App (wi-fi connectivity needed) also has a practical timer function. 

    This way, the T8 can do the household cleaning in your absence...

    ... and you won’t breathe in any dust (and allergens).

    P.S.: The feeling of entering a freshly vacuumed and mopped flat after a hard day's work: priceless ;)

    Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

    Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

    Good mopping performance, self-emptying dust bin and excellent app functions. The Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI leaves nothing to be desired, especially for allergy sufferers.

    We were thrilled by the mopping function with "scrubbing movements". The optional self-emptying dust bin makes it even more comfortable. Both features offer numerous advantages, especially for allergy sufferers!

    This is what makes the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

    The Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI is the big brother of the T8 model from above.

    The robot vacuum with mop has the same features:

    • HEPA filter (and pre-filter) on the dust container 
    • Excellent mopping function with "scrubbing" effect
    • Intelligent app with many functions (including the scheduling function, which is essential for allergy sufferers)
    • Self-emptying station (optional) 
    • Well-built mobile dust container with a dust retention flap

    Which of the two T8 models (T8 AIVI or T8) is the best choice?

    We think it's a matter of taste. Both robot vacuum mop hybrids are perfectly suitable for use in a household with allergy sufferers!

    The main difference between the two models is that the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI relies on an HD camera for obstacle detection (T8 uses a cross laser).

    If you want to get to the bottom of the differences between the T8 AIVI and the T8, check out our detailed comparison of the Deebot models: Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 vs T8 AIVI.

    Proscenic M7 Pro

    Proscenic M7 Pro

    HEPA filter. Good cleaning performance on different floor types. Neat mopping function and an self-emptying dock (optional). The M7 Pro is well suited for use in allergy households.

    The M7 Pro offers all the essential features that allergy sufferers need... And that at an unbeatable „budget friendly“ price!

    This is what makes the Proscenic M7 Pro

    Proscenic M7 Pro performed very well in the test on several floor types, especially when it came to cleaning hardwood floors.

    Overview of the Proscenic M7 Pro's cleaning test result on hardwood floors and carpets

    Furthermore, the Proscenic M7 Pro has all the crucial features that a robot vacuum for allergy sufferers should have.

    Self-Emptying Dock:

    How the Proscenic M7 Pro self-emptying dust bin works

    Mopping Function:

    Proscenic M7 Pro wipes the bathroom

    HEPA Filter (high-efficiency filter):

    Close-up of the HEPA filter and pre-filter of the Proscenic M7 Pro

    Smart-phone app with timer function:

    Proscenic home mobile app in the Appstore

    The Proscenic M7 Pro tops all that off with an unbeatable price.

    Especially if your budget is limited, the Proscenic M7 Pro is a great alternative.

    iRobot Roomba i7+

    iRobot Roomba i7+

    Premium robot vacuum from iRobot with a self-emptying station (cleaning Base). HEPA filters, maintenance-free cleaning brushes and an excellent app with a scheduling function round off the overall package.

    Thanks to the self-emptying cleaning base, there is no contact with the aggressive house dust.

    This is what makes the iRobot Roomba i7+

    Roomba i7 + is also suitable for allergy sufferers. You won’t have any contact with the aggressive house dust, thanks to the cleaning base (self-emptying dust bin).

    iRobot Roomba i7+ stands at the self-emptying base

    The cleaning performance was also excellent.

    Overview of the Roomba i7+ cleaning test results

    The two maintenance-free cleaning brushes are another useful feature for allergy sufferers. 

    Unlike all other models presented here, the Roomba i7 has two (instead of one) main brushes. These are made of rubber (instead of bristles) and rotate in opposite directions. 

    You can remove the brushes with one hand...

    Removing the Roomba i7+ main brushes

    ...and clean them.

    Removing hair from the Roomba i7 Plus main brush

    They have a unique design so that dirt can’t get stuck here (except for a few hairs). 

    The iRobot Roomba i7+ also has a powerful HEPA filter. It filters allergens and dirt particles from the air.

    The Roomba i7 doesn’t have a mopping function. We recommend using a separate mopping robot - the iRobot Braava m6 (premium mopping robot) or Medion MD 18379 (cheaper model).

    Cecotec Conga 5490

    Cecotec Conga 5490

    Good robot vacuum mop hybrid. Cyclone technology and HEPA filter ensure good air filtration.

    The unique selling point of the Conga 5490 is its powerful air filtration with its unique cyclone technology.

    This is what makes the Cecotec Conga 5490

    The Conga 5490 has a great function, which is particularly interesting for allergy sufferers.

    It’s the cyclone technology for air filtration.

    Holding the dust bin of the Cecotec Conga 5490 with cyclone technology

     

    It draws in the air and cleans it of the smallest dirt particles not only with a HEPA filter but also with a coil.

    We know this cyclone technology from Dyson cordless vacuums.

    All that’s left is clean air. This feature is excellent for allergy sufferers.

    But also the suction power (especially on hardwood floors!)...

    Overview table of the cleaning test of the Cecotec Conga 5490

    ...and the mopping performance was convincing.

    Cecotec Conga 5490 mops the kitchen

    With the help of the "Weekly cleaning schedule" function, you can schedule floor cleaning via the app when you’re not at home. 

    As you can see, the robot vacuum offers many useful functions for people with allergies. 

    However, the Conga 5490 has a good price-performance ratio, making it an excellent alternative for those on a tight budget.

    A slight drawback here: The Conga 5490 doesn’t have an self-emptying dock. You have to be careful when emptying the dirt container.

    What features does a robot vacuum for allergies need?

    If you have a severe allergy, the flat should be clean at all times.

    Daily vacuuming is a must!

    However, this takes up a lot of time and energy...

    ...Therefore, a robotic vacuum cleaner is a somewhat "must-have gadget" for allergy sufferers.

    You can have the robot vacuum clean the floors at the touch of a button. As often as you want, whenever you want. The little household helper does its job reliably and without your intervention.

    This way, your home will be clean at all times, and you won’t have to suffer that much from allergies anymore.

    Thanks to good navigation, the robotic vacuum will clean your flat seamlessly. It won’t forget a single area. Since the robot vacuums are very flat, they can reach even the deepest corners under your bed/couch!

    Furthermore, robot vacuums have evolved continuously in recent years and offer many useful functions that make life so much easier, especially for allergy sufferers.

    The following features are mandatory in a robotic vacuum for allergy sufferers:

    • a HEPA filter,
    • a mopping function,
    • a timer function,
    • an self-emptying dust bin.

    We’ll take a closer look at these features now.

    The HEPA filter - an absolute "must-have"

    When the robot vacuum cleans your floors, it sucks up allergens (pollen, house dust, mite droppings and animal hair).

    However, it also has to release the air again that it sucked in.

    If it doesn’t have the right filter, it’ll release all these microscopic dust particles back into the room. These cause well-known allergic reactions.

    The solution lays at hand: a HEPA filter.

    A HEPA filter, "High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter", filters out even the tiniest particles so they don’t get back into the room air.

    Illustration of how a robot vacuum with a HEPA filter removes allergens from the outflowing air.

    This way, it filters up to 99% of the smallest particles (allergens) out of the air.

    That makes the HEPA filter an absolute "MUST criterion" for a robot vacuum for allergy sufferers.

    Robotic vacuum cleaner for allergies with mopping function

    Another handy feature of a robotic vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers is the mopping function.

    So-called robot vacuum with mop (hybrid robots or 2-in-1 devices) have a huge advantage: they can vacuum and mop the floors in one go.

    A vacuum-mopping robot mops the floor in the study

    P.S.: You thought your flat was 100% clean? The mopping function picks up even more dirt!

    Holding a dirty mop of a vacuum-mopping robot after mopping a room

    You can find our selection of the "best vacuum robots with mopping function" and further details on the topic in our detailed review.

    A robotic vacuum cleaner with a mopping function offers a significant advantage for allergy sufferers. It frees the floors from the last dirt and dust residues with its damp mop.

    This little more cleanliness contributes to more freshness, less allergen exposure, and a better sense of well-being altogether.

    Tips and tricks to improve the mopping function

    You can improve the mopping performance of your robot in a few simple steps.

    That includes the following things:

    • Put special cleaner in the water tank or on the wiping cloth.
    • Have several mops at hand so you can change the mop after each cleaning.
    • Wash the mop after each cleaning. You can simply wash the dirty mop with dirty laundry in the washing machine.

    This way, you can improve the wiping performance of the suction-wiping robot...

    ...and that leads to more cleanliness and well-being in your home.

    Robotic vacuum cleaner for allergies: Timer / scheduling function

    Another feature that makes life much easier for allergy sufferers is a timer function.

    You can set your robotic vacuum to clean your home on fixed days / at certain times.

    You can usually set that up in the mobile phone app for modern robot vacuums.

    But why is the timer function such a must-have for allergy sufferers?

    Most of the allergens (e.g. pollen, animal hair, mite faeces, ...) are on the floor. You stir them up when vacuuming and catapult them into the air... and inhale them.

    That’s why allergy attacks often occur during vacuum cleaning.

    But you can prevent that quite easily.

    Set the vacuuming times (via the timer function) so that your little household helper cleans the flat in your absence. Then you can come home to a spotless and freshly cleaned flat.

    We always send our robot vacuum on its cleaning trip during working hours. It’s so great to come home to a freshly cleaned flat every day :)

    A self-emptying dust bin: Great addition for allergy sufferers

    A high-end feature of a robot vacuum (and at the same time a handy function for allergy sufferers) is the self-emptying dust bin.

    In case you're wondering what an self-emptying cleaning base is...

    This is what it looks like:

    Holding the self-emptying dust bin of a robot vacuum

    And that’s how it works:

    Showing how the robot vacuum’s self-emptying base works

    It automatically empties the mobile dust container of the robot vacuum during each charging process.

    The great advantage for allergy sufferers is that you won’t have to empty the mobile dust container by hand anymore.

    Emptying the robot vacuum’s mobile dust container over a dustbin

    An auto-empty dock not only automates the cleaning process almost entirely but also minimises contact with "allergenic content" (dirt).

    All that’s left to do is changing the dust bag in the emptying station every 2-3 months.

    Replacing the dust bag in the self-emptying docking station

    A great feature for allergy sufferers!

    Thorough maintenance is mandatory for allergy sufferers

    HEPA filter

    You should service the HEPA filter regularly to keep its performance at the same level.

    We recommend cleaning the filter once a month.

    To do this, you just have to remove the filter and carefully tap it out over a dustbin.

    Removing the HEPA filter

    Removing the HEPA filter from a robot vacuum for cleaning.

    HEPA filter cleaning

    Tapping out the HEPA filter over a dustbin

    You should also remove dust from the HEPA filter with the included cleaning brush (or a toothbrush).

    Cleaning the HEPA filter of a robot vacuum with a cleaning brush

    Depending on the manufacturer and filter type, you can sometimes even wash the HEPA filter under running water.

    Cleaning the HEPA filter under running water

    Read the instructions to see whether you can clean the filter with water or not. We strongly recommend that you follow the manufacturer's instructions.

    When you clean the filter (especially when you tap it out), you’ll also stir up the aggressive house dust. That’s far from pleasant for a person with severe allergies.

    Therefore, we have 3 tips on how to reduce allergen exposure during the cleaning process.

    Tip 1: Wear a mask when cleaning (uncomplicated method)

    Everyone knows and owns it these days: the mask.

    Therefore, we recommend putting on a respiratory mask when cleaning (especially when tapping out) the filter.

    Cleaning the HEPA filter above the dustbin, wearing a face mask.

    This way, you won’t inhale the allergens and prevent an allergic reaction.

    Tip 2: Cleaning the HEPA filter outdoors

    If you have a garden or balcony, we recommend cleaning the HEPA filter outdoors.

    Many allergens get into the air during the process, especially when tapping out the filter.

    Outside, the dust particles will be distributed in a much larger volume of air. Thus, you’ll also inhale only a smaller amount of dust particles.

    If you wear a mask, too, you’ll have additional protection.

    Tip 3: Tap out HEPA filter in a plastic bag

    If you don’t like the first two options, we have another - slightly more complicated - cleaning method.

    You’ll have to do the following steps:

    • Lightly moisten a kitchen wipe,
    • Put the wipe in a plastic bag and place the HEPA filter on top,
    • Close the plastic bag,
    • Tap out the HEPA filter in the closed plastic bag,
    • After tapping out the HEPA filter, leave it in the bag for a few minutes (until the dust settles),
    • Then take out the filter, carefully close the plastic bag and throw it away.

    With this method, you prevent most allergens from getting back into the air or your airways.

    Regular filter change is mandatory

    No matter how carefully you clean the HEPA filter...

    ...you should still replace it at regular intervals.

    Depending on the degree of contamination, you should change the filter every 3-6 months (heavy contamination) or 7-12 months (light contamination).

    You can usually order replacement filters conveniently on the Internet.

    Maintenance of the brush roll

    If you are a pet owner (or even people with long hair), you know this too well.

    You can often find pet hair and also long human hair on the floor.

    These can wrap around the brush roll (and also the side brush).

    Hair has wrapped around the side brush and main brush of a robot vacuum

    You should clean the brushes from time to time, as these often cause allergic reactions.

    Even if you don’t have pets or people with long hair in the household, some dirt still accumulates in the brushes, so you should remove that regularly.

    You can remove, disassemble and clean the main brush in no time.

    Removing the main brush from a robot vacuum

    Many manufacturers include a unique cleaning tool in the delivery scope for cleaning. With this, you can easily remove the stuck hairs.

    You could also use conventional scissors.

    Removing and cleaning the main brush of a robot vacuum

    Replacing the brush regularly

    If the bristles protrude in all directions and the cleaning performance decreases a lot, you should replace the brushes.

    People with severe allergies should always check if the robotic vacuum cleaner provides optimal cleaning performance.

    A useful feature: the app indicates when you should replace the brushes.

    You should take this information as a guideline. Depending on the use of the robot vacuum, the brushes may last much longer.

    You can buy the spare parts at amazon, too.

    Mop

    If you chose a robot vacuum with a mopping function, you also have to clean the mop regularly.

    Attaching a clean mop to a robot vacuum / mop hybrid

    ...because it usually looks like this when it finished mopping your flat:

    Holding a dirty mop of a suction-mop robot

    We recommend washing the mop with your dirty laundry in the washing machine at 40 degrees after each cleaning trip.

    Cleaning the dirty mop of a suction-mop robot in the washing machine

    You should buy several replacement wipes so that you always have a clean wipe at hand. You can order these online, too.

    The advantages of a robot vacuum for allergy sufferers

    Thorough Cleaning

    Display of a map showing how seamlessly the robot vacuum drove around and cleaned the flatDid you vacuum under each bed or couch? And what about cleaning along the skirting boards?

    Thorough cleaning takes a lot of time...

    ...and it’s also extremely exhausting.

    No matter how hard you try, you sometimes forget to clean a few spots.

    Especially for people with severe allergies, thorough and, above all, flawless floor cleaning is a must.

    Modern robot vacuums for allergy sufferers take that burden off your shoulders.

    It cleans your flat 100% seamlessly, thanks to structured navigation. Not a single grain of dirt can escape that hungry robotic vacuum cleaner - as long as it can reach it.

    More frequent cleaning

    A robot vacuum is at your disposal, so it cleans your home as often as you like.

    Allergy sufferers should let the little household helper clean daily.

    Thus, it maintains an excellent standard of "basic cleanliness".

    Cleaning in your absence

    All allergy sufferers know this problem: allergic reactions occur more often when vacuuming.

    The reason lays at hand.

    The suction process stirs up the allergens. You breathe them in, and you start having these well-known allergy symptoms.

    A robotic vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers is a huge relief.

    You can let the robot vacuum clean the flat in your absence, thanks to the timer function.

    You won’t inhale the whirled-up dust during vacuuming.

    That’s an excellent feature for allergy sufferers.

    Even more cleanliness through special features

    Special features of a robot vacuum - such as the mopping function or self-emptying dust bin - offer great benefits, especially for allergy sufferers.

    These ensure even more cleanliness in your home.

    This, in turn, reduces exposure to allergens and improves your well-being!

    Robot vacuum - carpets - allergy sufferers

    Carpets pose more significant challenges for all kinds of vacuums (corded stick vacuums, upright vacuums and robot vacuum cleaners).

    Dust, dirt and allergens settle in the long carpet fibres and are very difficult to remove.

    Robot vacuums are continually improving here, too - see our "Robot vacuum for carpets comparison".

    Still, there is no robot vacuum on the market that scores a 100% satisfactory result for severe allergy sufferers.

    Since carpets are out of the question for people with severe allergies anyways - and are also rarely used in such households - it’s not a big deal.

    Therefore our advice: As beautiful and cosy as a pile carpet may be: If you have strong allergic reactions, you shouldn’t have a carpet.

    If you don't want to do without your carpet, we have the following tips:

    • You should get a super powerful upright vacuum for carpets like the Dyson V11. Read more in our comprehensive Dyson V11 absolute Extra review.
    • You should vacuum the carpet thoroughly every day with a powerful device.

    Additional tip for allergies: Air purifier

    We have another insider tip for you.

    Especially if you have extreme allergic reactions...

    ...an air purifier can work wonders.

    Illustration of how an air purifier works

    A modern air purifier filters out 99.9% of all harmful substances (e.g. bacteria, allergens, etc.) from your ambient air.

    All that’s left is clean, fresh air.

    We compiled an overview of the best air purifiers (as well as other useful information) in another review.

    Robotic Vacuum cleaner for allergies - Our conclusion

    People with allergies (house dust, dog hair, etc.) have to clean the flat regularly and thoroughly. But nobody wants to vacuum the entire flat every day...

    ...Special robotic vacuum cleaners for allergy sufferers make household cleaning much more manageable. It automatically cleans your home every day.

    These robot vacuums also have unique features that fulfil an allergy sufferer’s particular needs.

    A robot vacuum for allergy sufferers should have the following functions:

    • a HEPA filter,
    • a mopping function,
    • a timer function,
    • a self-emptying dust bin.

    These ensure perfect cleanliness in your home at all times. It will decrease your exposure to allergens significantly.

    No more watery eyes, runny noses and sneezing fits - you can breathe freely and feel comfortable in your home!

    "Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers" - Our top picks are:

    • Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+
    • Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI+
    • Proscenic M7 Pro
    • Cecotec Conga 5490
    • iRobot Roomba i7+

    Additional information

    • Allergy Triggers: Allergens in the home


      The environment is full of tiny particles, which are usually harmless. However, under certain circumstances, these can trigger "overreactions" in our bodies - better known as allergies.

      You carry these allergens (irritants) into the home by yourself. They include:

      ● Various types of pollen.

      ● House dust.

      ● Mites and mite faeces.

      ● Pet hair, saliva and dander from pets

      ● Moulds.

      Our mucous membranes and respiratory tract absorb these allergens. Mucous membranes are located in the mouth, nose and also in the eyes. That’s what triggers the unpleasant symptoms for allergy sufferers

      The symptoms are usually a runny nose, skin rashes, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Complaints such as coughing, shortness of breath or whistling breathing are unfortunately also quite common. 

      There is a solution to ease the suffering: you should keep the flat clean at all times. 

      That’s where robot vacuums are the knights in shining armour! 

      P.S.: Especially carpets can be a breeding ground for house dust. In case of severe allergy attacks, you should do without a carpet. 

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